March 4 – The importance of a good confession

“The first gain, one truly beyond price that the sinner derives from a good confession is that of returning to God’s grace. One would have to grasp all that the friendship of its God means to a soul to have a just idea of this precious gain. Let him just remind us of what he himself says in Scripture: that the love of the most tender mother for the dear babe at her breast is still not to be compared to the love he has for us; that he has reserved in his mercy ineffable treasures of graces and happiness for those whom he loves ….”

Saint Eugene, Lenten homily on confession, 1813

St. Eugene de Mazenod

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